Students showcase skills at robotics competition

Students showcase skills at robotics competition

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Teams of ten-plus students have six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. The competition is hosted by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit based in Austin.

Participants are eligible to apply for fifty million in scholarships from 200 higher education institutions.

Michael Ray, a mentor at this event, took advantage of the scholarships that were offered. 

"I was able to receive the Delphi scholarship from the University of Michigan and it was actually able to help me pick which college I wanted to go to. I knew I had Delphi support and they were encouraging me to go to Michigan with this scholarship because of FIRST," Ray said. 

Rays also says that there are more scholarship opportunities than people think.

"You don't have to be just the technical person to get this scholarship. If you're excelling in marketing, media, community outreach, sponsorship engagement, all of that stuff, all of those things help for the sponsorships that FIRST provides," Ray said. 

Chris Caddel, the Regional Director for FIRST says there's a lot more to robotics than just the technological aspect.

"A robot team is more than just robots. It's about communication, marketing, all these teams have different elements to it. This outlet for these students is massive," Caddel said. 

    The first alliance, which is a three-team set, receives an automatic bid for world championships in Houston in the next few weeks.

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